Least of These
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus described the final judgment when Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:34-40 says, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
NCBM has several “Least of These” type projects which minister (physically and spiritually) to some of the neediest people in our world today. In all of these projects we are partnering with nationals whom we know and trust. All of these are projects that need your financial support and for which we require reporting and financial accountability from our national partners. Currently we have projects in Gaza, Armenia, Kenya, Haiti, India and Africa. Take a look at the projects below and let us know if God is leading you to help support any of them.
Lighthouse School in the Middle East
It is $40.00 per month to sponsor a child at the Lighthouse School. Enrollment for 2013-2014 is the largest ever at 240 children. The $480 per year provides each child with uniforms, snacks & lunch, school supplies, annual teachers’ salaries, and transportation. When you sponsor a child, you will receive a photo, a profile of the child and periodical reports on what is happening at the school. The school has a website that shares about the school. Each child receives a sandwich, fruit and juice for 50 cents per day. If funds are available, the school will provide a basket of food at Christmas for families in need. You do not have to sponsor a child to contribute to the school.
Armenia Church Planters
It costs $150 per month to sponsor a church planter who is in seminary or on the field at a church. This includes living expense for him and his family. Planters will have to find some way to supplement this because most families with children cannot live on $150 per month.
When you sponsor a planter, you will receive a photo of the family, a profile of the planter and periodical reports of what is happening in their lives and the church.
Kenya Houses of Hope – Church Planting and Evangelistic Bible Study Support
As part of a church planting strategy by the Kenya Baptist Convention, houses are being built for families in need in Western Kenya. The recipients of the houses are determined by the village and village chief, working in conjunction with area pastors. Recipients are usually widows, women who have been abandoned by their husbands, or someone with a disability. Often these families are unable to keep their houses up to safe, sanitary standards. The cost of construction of a house, which is a simple African pole structure with tin roof, is $400 (US), which includes materials and the help of a small team of Kenyan builders. At completion, the local Kenyan pastors begin Bible studies in the homes with the goal of starting a church.
Haiti – School, Church Planter, and Medical Clinic Support
Christian Faith in Action Ministry, founded and led by Rene Romil (who was a translator and construction worker with NCBM after the earthquake of 2010), has a church planting ministry that uses evangelistic Bible studies to reach remote parts of Haiti with limited access to roads, schools, medical care, electricity, and clean drinking water. They currently have seven schools with about 1500 students and six churches they have developed to reach these villages. Sponsor a child for $30 per month with the $360 per year covering the cost of books, uniform, school supplies, and school operating costs. Sponsor a teacher’s salary for $75 per month. A church planter may be sponsored for $150 per month, covering living expenses with some funds for Bibles and ministry expenses. Sponsor the building of a temporary chapel for between $3500 and $9000, depending on the size of the chapel and whether or not it has a concrete floor. Assist the medical ministry in Haiti that was started by NCBM and is led by Dr. Vladimyr Rouseau with the purchase of medicines. Three times a year the clinic purchases an entire truck of medicine for $6000 which is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bihar, India –
NCBM seeks to fund church planters in villages where there is no access to the Gospel and impact these villages physically and spiritually with the Good News of the Gospel.
You can sponsor a church planter for $150 per month.
For $100 you can give a sewing machine to a needy woman and for an additional $125 you can provide a scholarship for her to attend a six-month sewing school, teaching her how to support herself and her family with a tailoring business. Thousands of villages need wells at $550-$900 each.
Africa for Christ – Church Planter Support
NC Baptist Men have partnered with Africa for Christ to sponsor national church planters in Southern Africa. These church planters are doing a great job of sharing Christ and starting churches in very difficult places in eight different African countries. Financial support for church planters will be for a five-year period. Support will start at $400 per month for the first year and then be reduced by $75 per month for each year thereafter: Year 1 = $400/month; Year 2 = $325/month; Year 3 = $250/month; Year 4 = $175/month; Year 5 = $100/month.
Door of Hope (South Africa)
NC Baptist Men have partnered with the “Door of Hope” in South Africa which was begun by Berea Baptist Church in the very heart of Johannesburg. In 1999 the pastor at the time, Cheryl Allen, and the deacons learned with deep distress that a high number of newly born infants were being abandoned. At the time 40-50 babies were being dumped and left to die of starvation or exposure. Cheryl realized that many of those desperate women and girls may well have acted differently had there been an alternative. The church made a hole in their wall and a ‘baby bin’ was installed, allowing for mothers to leave their babies anytime day or night. The moment a baby is placed in the bin, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the donor ensured. News has spread and other babies have been brought personally by their mothers or have come through other means such as the police, community members, hospitals or clinics. By faith and reliance on God alone and from small, humble beginnings, the ministry has grown and over 100 children’s lives are being saved every year.